Mid-level card issuers continue to post strong increases in 3Q receivables despite modest gains in gross accounts and active accounts. San Juan-based Banponce reported 3Q/00 receivables of $541,542,530 compared to 2Q/00 receivables as $538,162,976. Banponce active accounts stood at 222,785 for the third quarter versus 223,664 for 2Q/00. AL-based Compass Bank reported 3Q receivables of $352,762,754 compared to $329,212,094 for the second quarter. Active accounts at Compass increased slightly from 182,989 to 189,007 between 2Q and 3Q. Meanwhile OH-based FirstMerit reported 3Q/00 receivables of $111,227,931 versus $107,659,843 for 2Q/00. Active accounts grew from 74,367 in the second quarter to 76,342 for the third quarter. For 3Q/00 results on more than 350 U.S. issuers visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).